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antĕcessor , ōris, m. id.,
I.he that goes before; hence,
I. In milit. lang., antecessores, the forerunners of the army, the advanced guard (cf. antecursor): speculatores et antecessores, Auct. B. Afr. 12: agminis antecessores, * Suet. Vit. 17.—
II. In the jurists,
A. Teachers or professors of law, Cod. Just. 1, 17, 2.—
B. A predecessor in office (opp. successor): “ad antecessores meos Apostolos,Vulg. Gal. 1, 17; Dig. 5, 1, 55; 27, 9, 9.—
III. Tert. thus designates the Holy Ghost, Tert. Virg. Vel. 1 fin.; “and also the Apostles,id. adv. Marc. 1, 20; 5, 3.
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